Founded in 1997, IDER is a conference, with exhibits, where best practices and solutions to ensure readiness for, response to, recovery from and resilience for disasters and major emergencies, whether caused by nature, accident or terrorism are identified, implemented and shown. It has also become an international network of emergency responders.
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The 11th IDER was held at Leopoldine, Florence, Italy, on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April 2011 and was hosted by the University of Florence, Centre for Civil Protection and Risk Studies (CESPRO). The main theme for IDER 2011 was Community Resilience – the impact of climate change and natural and man-made disasters.
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